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Mass pilgrim gatherings could encourage MERS coronavirus to spread faster

MERS-CoV, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus may spread faster and deeper internationally during two mass pilgrim gatherings taking place this year in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician, of St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada, and colleagues warned in the journal PLoS Currents: Outbreaks… …read more

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Gulf CEO says oil prices could halve by end of year, cause global instability [w/video]

By Danny King

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It’s just one in a laundry list of factors, but more fuel-efficient cars could make a difference in lowering oil prices dramatically to half their present levels, plunging to $50 a barrel by the end of the year. That’s what Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski is predicting in a new interview on CNBC‘s Squawk Box, though he is quick to point out that a halving of oil prices doesn’t necessarily translate to a halving of fuel prices. And, as CNN reports, lower oil prices could mean protests in oil-producing OPEC nations.

Petrowski highlights the fact that North America is “producing record amounts of oil and natural gas,” adding that OPEC suppliers are up as well. Additionally, demand from countries like China has ebbed, while the utilities sector has also cut its use of oil. Petrowski estimates that a shortage of pipelines and the need to transport fuel via rail and truck adds about 40 cents a gallon to gas prices. CNN explains that more domestic energy production (and, again, dropping demand in China) means that “demand for OPEC oil may fall by a million barrels a day over the next three years.” Given that Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations rely on high oil prices to fund domestic spending, lower crude prices could cause instability around the world, from Iran to Venezuela to Russia.

Lower oil prices don’t influence gas prices directly, but, they will have an impact on gas prices – and thus the car market in the US. Right now, the price of regular gas in the States has climbed about 15 cents in the past week to $3.66 a gallon, according to AAA. Prices are about even with a month ago, but have risen about seven percent in the past year. For more, check out a video of Petrowski’s interview on CNBC by scrolling below.

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Egypt faces huge challenges after political turmoil

The interim government tasked with putting Egypt back on track after president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster faces enormous challenges, from fixing the shattered economy to restoring security and democracy, experts say.

The new cabinet does have several factors working in its favour, however.

A wide section of the population that was bitterly disillusioned with Morsi’s rule, including several ministers, is supported by the country’s top religious authorities, both Muslim and Christian.

Separately, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait threw Egypt a financial lifeline last week, pledging $12 billion in aid and allaying fears of the country going bankrupt in the short term.

But major risks remain, with the threat of more violence between members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and the security forces, and a surge in deadly attacks by militants in the Sinai, home to Egypt’s luxury Red Sea resorts.

Interim president Adly Mansour has set the government a tight timetable for reforming the constitution and holding fresh elections, while structural economic problems, including unaffordable food and fuel subsidies and a bloated public sector, must be confronted.

“There are a variety of challenges and unfortunately they can be overwhelming,” said Samer Shehata, who teaches Arab studies at Georgetown University.

Islamist parties and movements are totally absent from the new 34-member cabinet, in which a number of well-known technocrats hold senior positions.

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy is a seasoned diplomat and former ambassador to Washington, accomplished economist and World Bank veteran Ahmed Galal heads the finance ministry, and Ziad Bahaa Eldin, another finance expert, was nominated minister for international cooperation.

Leftwing activist Kamal Abu Eita, a respected trade union leader, was appointed labour minister.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s appointment as deputy premier bolsters the military’s strong support for the government, while also raising suspicions about the cabinet’s independence from the generals who toppled Morsi.

Shehata says restoring security, which has sharply deteriorated since the fall of former strongman Hosni Mubarak in 2011, is essential.

A key task facing the government, namely how to bring back international investment and attract tourists, “has to be predicated on some kind of stability or security”, he said.

Reforming the police, known for its brutal methods and a leadership little-changed since the Mubarak era, is another pressing issue.

“The police hated the Brotherhood and now the police are newly elevated and I’m afraid calls for reform of the interior ministry in a meaningful way are not going to be heard or are not going to be executed,” Shehata said.

Sophie Pommier, an expert on the Arab world at Sciences-Po university in Paris, says the new government is under greater pressure to achieve results than its predecessor.

“Lacking the legitimacy of an elected government, it will have to earn it through concrete results,” she said.

Besides fixing the economy, the cabinet headed by liberal economist Hazem al-Beblawi “must meet high expectations in terms of the redistribution” of wealth, with Egyptians “waiting for quick signs that things are going in the right direction,” Pommier added.

But continuing violence “will complicate the situation”, she said.

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Races In Conflict

By Glen E. Burkhalter

Black History Month SC Races in Conflict

We may not have seen the end of the social upheaval that has occurred because of the “Not Guilty” verdict handed down by the jury in the George Zimmerman trial in Florida.

As someone detached from the situation, I can’t help but notice the bias that seems to have surfaced over the verdict.  It seems likely that if the case had involved two Latinos, two whites, or two blacks, the case would never have reached the national level it has; nor would the results of the verdict have become such a festering wound.

Have you ever wondered why we have so much racial strife in this country?  I’m sure most people would say it is the result of slavery.  We will not debate that issue.  That occurred generations ago.  We understand there were black slave owners as well as those who were white.  Also, our government offered transportation to Africa for any black people who wished to return.  That is how Liberia came to be.  There is probably another reason for the conflict.  Could it be because of prejudice?  More than likely, it is caused by something much more subtle.

In James 4:1, the apostle seems to answer this question for us.  He said, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”  Maybe people are thinking, “I’d be much better off if I’d had the advantages that person has had.”

None of us had a choice as to our ethnicity.  I could have been born in Africa to a black family, in Alaska as an Eskimo, in Saudi Arabia to a Muslim family, or in any other part of the world to a family associated with any of the many religious communities.  How did I happen to be born where I was, to the parents I have, and to be exposed to the Christian faith?  The decision certainly wasn’t mine to make.

A whole man is a soul, having a spirit and living in a body.  When he matures to the point he becomes aware of right and wrong, the instant he chooses the wrong instead of the right, he dies spiritually.  Paul the apostle spoke of this when he said, “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” (Romans 7:9)

The soul is eternal.  The body may die, but the soul never dies.  If it has been redeemed by the blood of Christ, it will live in a state of perpetual bliss.  If it hasn’t been redeemed, and the spirit having died because of sin, the soul enters its ultimate state as a naked soul.  This means it has neither body nor spirit, and as such cannot dwell with God.  It will be sentenced to live eternally in Hell.

There are no black souls, no white souls, and no yellow souls.  Color is strictly a characteristic of the flesh.  Our parents gave us our bodies.  God gave us our souls.

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WHO holds off raising MERS alert level as Muslim hajj looms

The World Health Organization on Wednesday held off from calling for travel restrictions related to the MERS virus striking hardest in Saudi Arabia, after emergency talks on the mystery illness.

In a statement following a session of the UN health agency’s emergency committee — the rarity of which underlined global concerns about MERS — the WHO said that there currently was no reason to step up its level of alert.

“It is the unanimous decision of the committee that, with the information now available, and using a risk-assessment approach, the conditions for a public health emergency of international concern have not at present been met,” the WHO said in a statement.

The emergency meeting, which took the form of a telephone conference of officials from affected countries and global experts, was held in two parts, the first on Tuesday last week and the second on Wednesday.

It came amid mounting concern about the potential impact of October’s Islamic hajj pilgrimage, when millions of people from around the globe will head to and from Saudi Arabia.

The WHO stuck to its stance that countries around the world should remain vigilant, monitoring any unusual patterns of respiratory infection, notably if patients have been to the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, however, has already indicated that at-risk individuals should consider staying away, in order to head off the spectre of a spread of the virus.

On Saturday, health authorities in the kingdom urged elderly and chronically ill Muslims, as well as children and pregnant women, not to perform the annual pilgrimage.

Officials in France, which has a large Muslim community, meanwhile said they had been informed that Saudi Arabia would not be issuing visas to such individuals.

MERS, short for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, claimed its first victim in Saudi Arabia in June 2012.

Since then, a total of 82 cases have been recorded worldwide, with 65 of them in the kingdom and most of the rest with a history of travel to the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia also accounts for 38 of the globe’s 45 confirmed MERS deaths.

Experts are struggling to understand MERS, which does not appear to spread easily but which has raised major concern because of the high fatality rate — currently almost 55 percent.

The disease is a cousin of SARS, which erupted in Asia in 2003 and went on to infect a recorded 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

Like SARS, MERS is thought to have jumped from animals to humans, and shares the former’s flu-like symptoms — but differs in that it causes kidney failure.

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Major economies still struggling to create jobs

Jobs growth remains weak among the world’s 20 biggest economies, where almost a third of the 93 million unemployed have been out of work for more than a year, top labor and development officials reported Wednesday.

In a batch of new figures intended to push G-20 governments into action, the U.N.’s International Labor Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned the rate of employment growth remains low. The G-20 countries represent 80 percent of the world’s economic output.

Over the last 12 months, unemployment dropped slightly in half of the G-20 countries, but it rose among the other half.

It was highest, above 25 per cent, in South Africa and Spain. It was 11 percent or above in France, Italy and for the European Union as a whole, and above 7 percent in Britain, Canada, Turkey and the United States. Unemployment was below 5 percent in only four countries: China, India, Japan and South Korea.

Among the total unemployed, about 30 percent on average were jobless for over a year, the agencies said.

Youth unemployment rates were twice as high as those for adults in all G-20 nations but Germany and Japan and despite the wide use of subsidies to encourage hiring of young people in Britain, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Spain.

The weakness of the global economy even six years after the onset of the global financial crisis has “blunted” many countries’ efforts to find jobs for people, said Guy Ryder, the ILO director-general, and Angel Gurria, the OECD secretary-general, in a joint statement.

They advised labor ministers scheduled to begin two days of meetings on Thursday in Moscow that governments must ensure “a careful balancing between providing adequate income support for those out of work and with low incomes and activation measures which help them to find rewarding and productive jobs.”

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UK lawmakers urge caution in arms exports

Britain has issued more than 3,000 licenses allowing the export of arms and military equipment to countries where the U.K. has concerns about human rights, according to a report from lawmakers published Wednesday.

The House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls said the combined value of the individual export licenses came to more than 12 billion pounds ($18.1 billion). It urged the government to exercise more caution in approving applications for the export of arms to countries with authoritarian regimes.

Britain’s Foreign Office has a list of 27 nations where the U.K. government has wide-ranging concerns about the human rights situation, including Myanmar, China, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya and Syria. According to the report, all but two of the 27 — North Korea and South Sudan — have valid export licenses in play. Among the countries of concern, the largest number of licenses were issued for exports to China, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

While it said many of the licenses were for items “not readily usable” for internal repression, the committees said a “surprisingly large” number of licenses were issued to exporters sending arms to countries where human rights are a concern.

The scale of the licenses “puts into stark relief the inherent conflict between the government’s arms exports and human rights policies,” said John Stanley, chairman of the committees.

“The committees adhere to their previous recommendation that the government should apply significantly more cautious judgments when considering arms export license applications for goods to authoritarian regimes ‘which might be used to facilitate internal repression’ in contravention of the government’s stated policy.”

In response to the report, the British government stressed it takes its export responsibilities “very seriously” and that it has “one of the most rigorous arms export control regimes,” under which licenses are not granted when there is deemed to be a risk that goods would be used for internal repression or to provoke or prolong conflict in the countries they are exported to.

The government added in a statement that all of the licenses highlighted in the committees’ report had been “fully assessed” against a range of strident criteria to ensure goods would not be used for internal repression, to provoke or prolong conflict within a country, used aggressively against another country or risk Britain’s national security.

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Saudi to restrict pilgrim visas over virus fears

Saudi Arabia will not issue visas to the elderly, pregnant women or children for the hajj and umrah pilgrimages to help combat the spread of MERS coronavirus, the French health ministry said on Tuesday.

In an urgent circular to doctors, it said the Saudi health ministry “has taken the decision to restrict the issuing of visas” for the annual hajj and for the umrah, a pilgrimage which can be undertaken at any time.

“Elderly persons (for whom no precise age threshold has been specified), pregnant women, children and people affected by chronic diseases, notably people with cardiac, diabetic or respiratory disease, kidney or immune-system deficiencies, will be unable to obtain a visa this year,” the circular said.

The circular was issued by the General Health Directorate (DGS), which administers the health ministry.

In a statement posted on its website on Saturday, the Saudi health ministry urged people in these categories not to perform the hajj.

But the statement was unclear as to whether the authorities would not issue these people with a visa.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has caused 45 deaths, 38 of them in Saudi Arabia, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which convened emergency talks on the virus last week.

The WHO has not recommended any MERS-related travel restrictions, but says countries should monitor unusual respiratory infection patterns.

A cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the coronavirus family, MERS infects lungs, causing fever, coughing and breathing difficulties, and can also cause kidney failure.

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Saudi urges elderly to avoid hajj over virus fears

Saudi Arabia on Saturday urged elderly and chronically ill Muslims not to perform the hajj pilgrimage, to curb the spread of the MERS coronavirus which has killed 38 in the kingdom.

The health ministry issued a set of conditions for people wanting to perform the annual hajj, which this year falls in October, or the year-round omra or minor pilgrimage.

They recommend postponing the omra and hajj this year “for the elderly and those suffering chronic illnesses, like heart, kidney, respiratory diseases, and diabetes”.

People with immunity deficiency, as well as children and pregnant women, are also listed, according to a ministry statement posted on its website.

The statement did not set an age limit, and it was not clear if the recommendation implies that no visas will be issued for such pilgrims.

The ministry said that the conditions were part of “preventive measures special to the MERS coronavirus”.

The kingdom is battling to contain the spread of the SARS-like coronavirus, which has infected 65 people in Saudi Arabia and led to 38 fatalities.

Those figures represent the majority of people affected worldwide — 81 cases of infection and 45 deaths — according to the World Health Organisation.

The Saudi decision comes after the WHO convened emergency talks on MERS last week, with concerns expressed about its potential impact on the hajj when millions of Muslims head to and from Saudi Arabia.

Experts are struggling to understand MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

The WHO has not recommended any MERS-related travel restrictions, but says countries should monitor unusual respiratory infection patterns.

The first recorded MERS death was in June last year in Saudi Arabia.

Like SARS, MERS appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering from fever, coughing and breathing difficulties.

But it differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure.

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Egypt upheaval mars hopes of end to economic woes

Egypt’s shattered economy was boosted this week by Gulf allies pledging billions of dollars in aid, but analysts say this simply buys time as political turmoil deepens its economic malaise.

The millions of ordinary Egyptians angered by record high unemployment, soaring inflation and chronic fuel shortages who took to the streets two weeks ago demanding Mohamed Morsi’s resignation blamed him for letting the economy nosedive.

Fuel supplies have returned, after panic buying before the military coup on July 3, and three Gulf monarchies relieved at the toppling of Egypt’s Islamist president have pledged $12 billion in assistance.

But dire security problems and political instability mean a return of the tourists and foreign investment that Egypt so desperately needs are a distant prospect.

And progress remains stalled on negotiations with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8-billion loan.

“Even if they do agree on the loan, I just don’t believe that we’re going to see a flood of investment,” said financial analyst Andrew Cunningham.

“The country has been in turmoil since 2011, there’s just been a military coup and they’re shooting people on the streets. This is hardly an attractive prospect.”

Gulf pledges of financial assistance are a lifeline for the new administration.

Foreign reserves have fallen by almost 60 percent since the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, to 14.9 billion dollars in June — the equivalent of just three months of imports.

Kuwait offered $4 billion in cash, loans and fuel, with Saudi Arabia contributing $5 billion and the United Arab Emirates another $3 billion.

But Cunningham warned that, while welcome, the cash injection was not a long-term solution.

“We’re still talking plasters and bandages. The challenges are enormous and they are structural. Egypt’s economy has been badly managed for decades, and it didn’t improve under Morsi.”

Illustrating the severity of the problem, the latest data from Egypt’s official statistics agency shows that unemployment jumped after Mubarak’s ouster and then rose steadily over the next two years to reach a record 13.2 percent in March.

Problems Egypt’s new rulers will have to confront if they are to reverse the inexorable decline include corruption, poor education, a bloated public sector, low productivity and unsustainable food and fuel subsidies.

“They need to fix the entire system,” said Ahmed Galal, head of the Eco Research Forum.

“It’s going to be difficult to do, but it’s doable, with a lot of dedication,” he told AFP, adding that stability and appointing a competent government will be crucial if Egypt’s economic woes are to be resolved.

This week Hazem al-Beblawi, a former finance minister and accomplished economist with long experience of working with international financial institutions, was named prime minister.

But his task of forming a national unity government was immediately complicated by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood rejecting any offer of jobs in the new cabinet.

US intelligence firm Stratfor believes the instability goes far beyond political divisions.

It said growing poverty and joblessness, “arguably among the root causes of the uprising in 2011”, was part of a “swelling trend” that motivated the recent protests.

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Seven dead as fighting mars Philippines peace talks

Fresh fighting between Philippine troops and a renegade group of Muslim rebels left seven people dead on Saturday amid peace talks aimed at ending a decades-old rebellion, the military said.

The gunmen, who oppose the main Islamic rebel group’s negotiations with Manila, ambushed an army truck on the main southern island of Mindanao, regional military spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso said.

Two soldiers were wounded in the initial volley, but the army gave chase to the retreating gunmen and killed five of them, he said in a written report.

The pursuit also left two soldiers dead and four other soldiers wounded, Hermoso added.

Hermoso said the gunmen were members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

The group had mounted attacks on Mindanao on July 6, two days before the government resumed peace talks with the region’s main rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The earlier fighting had left five soldiers and three gunmen dead and sparked fears that it would affect the peace talks.

The military however ended its pursuit of the renegade rebel force before the talks resumed in Malaysia on Monday.

The peace talks aim to create an autonomous region for the Muslim minority in Mindanao, the southern third of the mainly Catholic nation of 100 million.

The two sides signed a preliminary deal in October outlining the broad terms for a peace treaty that would be signed by 2016.

The Kuala Lumpur talks aim to spell out revenue-sharing terms with the national government in the self-rule area.

The talks were continuing on Saturday, President Benigno Aquino’s spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in an interview on government radio.

The 12,000-member MILF has waged a guerrilla war for a separate Islamic state in Mindanao since the 1970s that has claimed an estimated 150,000 lives.

The BIFF is led by Ameril Umbrakato, a Saudi Arabia-trained cleric who was expelled by the MILF in 2011 for his hardline stance against the peace talks.

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Readout of the President's Call with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

By The White House

President Obama spoke by phone today with King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. The President relayed his warm wishes to the King on the occasion of Ramadan. The leaders reaffirmed the strong and enduring partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and discussed regional issues of mutual interest. The President and the King shared their perspectives on the situation in Syria and expressed their strong concerns about the impact of the conflict on the region. The President emphasized the United States’ continued commitment to provide support to the Syrian Opposition Coalition and the Supreme Military Council to strengthen the opposition. The President and King also exchanged views on recent developments in Egypt. They agreed that the United States and Saudi Arabia have a shared interest in supporting Egypt’s stability. The President expressed his serious concern about the violence in Egypt and underscored the urgent need for an inclusive political process that will enable an early return to a democratically elected civilian government in Egypt. The leaders pledged to continue close consultations between their two governments.

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Saudi jails two Shiites over protests

A Saudi special court has sentenced two Shiite men to eight and nine years in jail, respectively, for taking part in protests in Eastern Province, SPA state news agency said on Friday.

The first defendant was found guilty of joining three protests in the town of Awamiya, in the province’s Shiite Al-Qatif region, it said.

He was also found guilty of having “anti-kingdom and anti-rulers pictures on his mobile phone… and of knowing dissidents in Qatif and covering up their activities”.

The second defendant, who was sentenced to nine years, was found guilty of taking part in “most demonstrations” in Qatif.

He was also convicted of “surfing dissident Internet websites, and posting statements inciting opposition to the rulers… as well as calling for the release of prisoners”, SPA said.

The two defendants and the prosecution have decided to appeal the verdicts, it said.

There are an estimated two million Shiites in the Sunni-ruled kingdom of around 27.5 million people.

Shiite towns in the oil-rich Eastern Province have been rocked by sporadic violence as protesters clashed with police over what they say is the marginalisation of Shiites.

The unrest first erupted after violence between Shiite pilgrims and religious police in the Muslim holy city of Medina in February 2011.

The protests escalated when Saudi Arabia led a force of Gulf troops into neighbouring Bahrain the following month to help crush Shiite-led pro-democracy demonstrations in the tiny Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.

Human rights groups say more than 600 people have been arrested in Saudi Arabia since the spring of 2011, most of them in Qatif. The majority have since been released.

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Virus-hit Saudi Arabia asks pilgrims to wear masks

Saudi Arabia, the epicenter of a new respiratory virus, is asking pilgrims coming from across the Muslim world to wear face masks in crowded places.

The list of Health Ministry recommendations carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Friday also advises the elderly, or those with chronic diseases, to postpone their pilgrimage.

The main pilgrimage season comes later this year but hundreds of thousands also visit the kingdom’s holy sites during the month of Ramadan, which began this week.

Saudi Arabia announced two deaths on Sunday, bringing to 38 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom.

The new virus is related to SARS, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. It belongs to a family of viruses that most often cause the common cold.

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Iran calls on UAE not to deport its nationals

An Iranian news agency says the foreign minister has called on the United Arab Emirates not to deport its nationals.

The Iranian media has reported that the UAE has repatriated an unspecified number of Iranians amid tensions between the two countries linked to Syria’s civil war. Shiite Iran backs Syrian President Bashar Assad, a member of a Shiite offshoot sect, while the Sunni-majority UAE and Saudi Arabia support the mostly Sunni rebels.

The UAE has not reported any deportations. The UAE has in the past denied renewal of residency visas without giving reasons.

A Friday report by the semi-official Mehr agency said Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi raised the issued in a phone conversation with his Emirati counterpart. It didn’t elaborate.

An estimated half-million Iranians live in the Emirates.

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UAE announces first case of MERS-virus infection

Health authorities in the UAE have announced that an 82-year-old man has been diagnosed with the MERS coronavirus infection, the first case to be recorded in the Gulf state.

The Emirati citizen who contracted the SARS-like virus suffers from cancer and is being treated in hospital in the capital, Abu Dhabi health authority said in a statement carried by WAM state news agency late Thursday.

The authority said that this was the first case to be diagnosed in the United Arab Emirates.

In May, France said a 65-year-old man was in hospital after being diagnosed with the coronavirus after a holiday in Dubai. But the UAE health ministry said at the time no cases of the virus had been recorded in the country.

Experts are struggling to understand MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has mostly affected neighbouring Saudi Arabia where 65 cases have been detected, including 38 fatalities.

The World Health Organisation announced last week that it had convened emergency talks on the MERS virus.

Concerns have been expressed about the potential impact of October’s hajj pilgrimage, when millions of Muslims from around the globe head to and from Saudi Arabia.

The WHO has not recommended any MERS-related travel restrictions, but says countries should monitor unusual respiratory infection patterns.

The first recorded MERS death was in June last year in Saudi Arabia.

Like SARS, MERS appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering from fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. But it differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure.

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Egypt delegation talks Syria with Iranian leaders

Iran‘s state TV is reporting an Egyptian presidential delegation has discussed the Syrian crisis with the leaders of Iran, the key regional ally of Syria‘s President Bashar Assad.

The report said Egyptian presidential adviser for foreign affairs Essam Haddad met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called for a quick settlement of the crisis based on “talk and understanding.”

Another report by the semi-official ISNA news agency said the Egyptian delegation also met Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters. Khamenei has repeatedly voiced support for Assad.

The report said the two sides also discussed bilateral issues.

Egypt, alongside Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are members of a regional panel aimed at bringing an end to Syria‘s civil war in a peaceful way.

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Marathon Massacre

By Allan Erickson

American Flags SC Marathon Massacre

People sure do say a lot of crazy things in the wake of a ‘human-caused disaster.’  Others try to understand, looking for truth; or they fear the PC police and stand silently.  Others bind wounds and comfort the victims.  Many more reach out in unity, attempting to stabilize and heal. And some always believe there is a global conspiracy at work using staged atrocities to demonize, then control.

On the day of the attack, the President implies that tax protesters could be responsible; then the next day, he calls it a terror attack.   Others note it was Patriot Day in Boston, leading some to conclude that anti-government forces were at work, an unlikely scenario given the track record.

At the moment, not much is known publicly about what happened precisely: why this attack, who was involved, how did they avoid security, who were they after, what is the message, etc.  It is odd no one has yet claimed responsibility.  Usually, Al Qaeda is glad to chest-thump.

All we really know is that four are dead, including a sweet-faced eight-year-old named Martin Richard.  Upwards of 30 lost limbs, with 170 injured overall.  Speculation abounds: What about the guy on the roof? What about the fire at the library? How do you explain the guys in tan pants and black jackets communicating with each other and watching?  What about various men with backpacks who look as if they are carrying large, heavy objects?

One prominent broadcaster blames the government, calling this attack a false flag operation.  This conclusion was issued one hour after the event.  An actor says that the bombing results from the gun culture in America.  The only rational explanation: he must be on drugs.  The head of DHS says the attack is not part of a broader conspiracy.  Really?  How on earth can she determine that so quickly and with certainty?  This from the woman who thinks Americans are the problem: a chief of insecurity at best.

A Leftist writer says he hopes white terrorists are to blame because that will put an end to our extraordinary military spending and the drumbeat to preemptively strike.  Geez.  Other Leftists immediately blame the Right, without a shred of evidence of course.

On the other side, people on the Right immediately blame Jihadists, some inferring that Leftists are at least complicit.

Given the use of pressure cookers filled with ball bearings and sharp metal objects detonated at precise times, the attack is likely the work of Al Qaeda or a related group, since these are known methods used by such groups.  Walid Shoebat, respected terrorism expert and reliable source concerning authoritative Islam, points the finger at Saudi Arabia activating sleepers domestically, coordinating with Al Qaeda.

Congressman Peter King of New York suggests this may be the beginning of an entirely new front in the war on terror; and former CIA Director Michael Hayden, Lt. Col. Oliver North, and others agree.  Still, the commander in chief does not recognize a war on terror on any front, begging the questions: how

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